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Yoke Ends and Their Usage in Aviation

Yoke ends are metal fasteners that are often used in conjunction with a cable or rod for rigging, or to lift heavy objects. As such, they often come with clevis and cotter pins which can be inserted through the holes of a yoke end. The U-shaped fittings come with female threads and are typically installed on the end of a threaded rod for a sturdy hold. This simple design makes yoke ends a popular fastening mechanism that provide a high-strength solution for supporting loads in demanding environments. This article offers a brief explanation of yoke ends and how to choose the best one for any application.

Overview of Yoke Ends

Also known as clevis ends, yoke ends are characterized by their U-shaped ends that are designed to secure cables or rods. On each side of the “U,” there is a hole so that a cable or rod may be inserted to create a closed loop that can then be used to lift an object. The majority of yoke ends are internally threaded for easy and secure installation on a rod. In addition, yoke ends usually require the use of a clevis or cotter pin. A clevis is an unthreaded rod, whereas a cotter pin is a thin metal pin. Together, they are used to secure the open end of a yoke end. Without a clevis or cotter pin, the yoke end will be open and cannot hold a rod or cable.

How to Choose Yoke Ends

Yoke ends can be made of several different materials for varying strength and corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is a popular material because it offers excellent protection against corrosion, able to withstand moist and humid environments. Carbon steel is an option which is stronger than stainless steel, but does not offer the same level of protection against corrosion due to its lack of chromium. Aside from their material, yoke ends also come in various sizes, meaning some may be longer than others or have a wider opening. Lastly, you should also consider whether or not the clevis and cotter pin are included. Most yoke ends will include these fasteners, but in some cases, they are sold separately. Altogether, you should consider the weight and size of the load along with the environment in which the yoke end will be employed.


With an array of heavy components to transport and secure, yoke ends can be very useful tools in aircraft construction. In addition, their high-strength, corrosion-resistant  material options ensure that they can resist wear, even in the harsh conditions which are commonly found in aviation operations. If you are in search of durable yoke ends, you can rely on Automatize Aviation for a broad selection of high-caliber options. Browse our lists of top components and manufacturers to find parts that are always aviation grade and sourced only from trusted manufacturers on our Approved Vendor List (AVL). We work with a large network of global entities, including leading yoke end manufacturers such as Wheeler Bros Inc, Cooper Crouse Hinds LLC, Linde Material Handling Uk Ltd, Standard Mfg Co Inc., Oldenburg Group Incorporated, and many others. Start the purchasing process today for any items of interest by submitting a completed RFQ form. Upon receiving your request, an expert member of our team will reply with a competitive quote tailored to your specific needs in just 15 minutes or less!


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